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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Bus Driver
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Job Description


Position: Bus Driver

Supervisor: Field Supervisor or Director of Transportation Work Site: Assigned Transportation Department General Job Description:

Safe and efficient operation of a school bus - transporting students to and from school as well as related activities in accordance with all local district, state, and federal regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* Properly utilize time-clock.
* Conduct a thorough pre/post-trip inspection of school bus and special equipment.
* Possess comprehensive knowledge of driving safely.
* Know the district, state, and federal rules, regulations, procedures and law as they relate to the operation of a school bus.
* Have ability to maintain effective pupil behavior management control over large groups of children.
* Able to read and interpret schedules and forms as well as read and identify areas on the map.
* Keep an updated route sheet and map as well as student registration forms and current seating assignment as required by state and local districts.
* Able to drive all district buses including activity buses and to operate lift equipment and securement devices on special needs equipment.
* Attend in-service training classes and mandatory meetings as required by district, state, and federal government.
* Instruct students on emergency evacuation drill twice a year as required by district, state, and federal regulations.
* Able to meet emergency situations in accordance with operating procedures.
* Have a positive attitude and communicate with students, parents, teachers, co- workers and supervisors.
* Keep bus clean and fueled. Complete necessary maintenance reports.
* Report all accidents and complete required reports.
* Maintain good work habits and keep a presentable appearance which includes proper dressing apparels and good hygiene.
* Complete other tasks as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

When transporting students with disabilities:

* Assist and supervise the use of lift equipment to transfer students in wheelchairs.
* Assist and supervise ambulatory students entering and exiting the bus.
* Assist and supervise the securing of wheelchairs on the bus.
* Check secure devices (harnesses, seat belts, infant restraints) for defects.
* Knowledge is required to care for challenged students with diverse and special transportation needs.

When transporting students, school activities and field trips:

* Must have proper forms and trip ticket.
* Must have a roster and itinerary for overnight trips. Keep track of standby time and driving time while on duty.
* Need to know your destination on activity trips and field trips.
* Include all necessary telephone numbers and emergency contacts.
* Adhere to all district and state policies regarding extra curricular activities.
* Make sure all athletic equipments are properly secured. (Javelin, shot put, etc.)
* Upon return make sure the bus is clean and fueled.
* Turn in all trip tickets and time sheets as soon as possible.


* Must be 21 years of age
* Must possess a valid Class B New Mexico Commercial Driver License with "P" and "S" endorsement
* Must pass a Department of Transportation physical examination by a licensed physician
* Must pass a substance abuse test as prescribed by local school board policy and state statutes
* Must have a satisfactory driving record and criminal background that reflects a professional driver and meets all district, state, and federal requirements
* Must have a High School Diploma/GED or received within 1 year of hire date

Physical/Job Requirements:

* Must be physically fit to enter and exit out of a school bus.
* Must be physically able to check engine compartment.
* Must be in good physical condition to inspect around and down the aisle of the bus and bending down to check lugs, tires and underneath the bus.
* You may have to reach to clean mirrors or windshield.
* Must be capable of pushing doors and wheelchairs, if transporting students with disabilities.
* Must be able to observe and listen when driving a school bus. Listening for traffic sounds, emergency vehicles, and passengers, monitoring radio and detecting mechanical problems. Observe to inspect vehicle inside and out.
* Must be able to lift a minimum of 60 lbs. in case of emergencies and while transporting students with disabilities.

Safety and Health:

* Knowledge of universal hygiene precautions

* Background Check

Equipment/Material Handled:

* Multimedia/equipment, including current technology

* Equipment/Materials relevant to job responsibilities

* Motor vehicle

Work Environment:

* Work interruptions

* Flexibility

* Must be self-motivated and able to complete job assignment without direct supervision.

* Must complete applications and assignments within the timeframes allowed (complete responsibilities in a timely manner)

* Must be able to work within various degrees of noise, temperature and air quality

- there is considerable exposure to dust, traffic, fumes, and high noise level from both outside traffic as well as from passengers.

* Include inclement weather (rain, snow, wind, heat, and cold) enduring a bumpy drive and exposure to possible injury due to traffic accidents.

* Mentally prepared for driving large group of students of all ages.

* Maintain discipline on the bus at the same time with safety and in a professional manner.

Term of Employment:

* 178 days annually or as per yearly calendar / varies from 2 -8 hours per day

* Non-Exempt

* One year contract